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  1. 3-Chord-Genius

    The "Feel" is in the Volume

    Back around 1990 or so, I lived in Colorado springs and attended a Marshall demo at a local music store, presented by their spokesperson at the time, who happened to be the guitarist for Grim Reaper. There were several Marshall products in the store, one of them was a Plexi reissue, handwired...
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    After playing dual-humbuckers guitars since around 1988, I discovered something...

    I always considered the middle pickup position to be useless, until I discovered that based on where you have the volume pots set for each pickup, you can get a seemingly endless supply of very gnarly tones when the pickups are blended. I now spend a bunch of time in the middle position when it...
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    Do you resist the urge to upgrade your modeler when a new one comes out?

    I'm using a PC that I bought off a friend who builds gaming PCs, uses them until all the other guys have newer faster technology, then sells them to guys like me. He's always keeping up with the latest. I don't do gaming, but this PC is so overpowered for what I do that I'm never worried about...
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    Zoom G5n: What the heck does the "exciter" effect actually do?

    I just messed with it today, and it really makes the amp models come to life. But what the heck is it doing to achieve this? And where does an Exciter belong in the signal chain? I sort of understand what a standard aural exciter does with regard to altering harmonics; is this what the G5n...
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    Why are IR's better than cab simulation?

    That's the impression I'm getting, but why? I have (and had) digital gear and none of it had IR capability; it all used cab sims and I never had a problem with them, sound-wise or otherwise. From my limited understanding, IRs are supposed to simulate the electrical reactivity between the amp...
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    WHOAH! Just because a modeler has 5 million sounds doesn't mean I have to use them all

    The solution to the "option paralysis" scenario is to pick one sound and use it for everything. I purchased a Zoom G5n and am gigging with it. At first, I made a patch for each song we played, named each patch after the song, and just scrolled through them sequentially throughout the night. I...
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    If I have to repair another solder joint INSIDE a semi-hollow guitar with F-holes...

    ...I'm just going to fill it with expanding foam insulation and blow it open. I'm trying to curb my use of expletives, and have been doing great for several weeks. Then I had to solder a wire back onto the output jack of my Ibanez Artcore this evening, and had a relapse.
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    Anyone else noticing that amp companies model THEIR amps better?

    I have a Marshall Code 100W modeling amp head. The Marshall models (especially the JCM 800) are extremely good, lifelike tone and responsiveness (better than my Zoom G5n model of the same amp). But the Code Vox AC30 model sounds like absolute mush, like they found one with bad tubes to model...
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    ZZ Top's "Eliminator" was a Masterpiece.

    The songs are great, that's indisputable. Fans of their original sound didn't like the synths, but as Gibbons said, they "created a nice platform that allowed the guitar to stand on its own", and oddly enough, he was right. The guitar tone on that album is FAT, and I don't think it would have...
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    Name a piece of gear you purchased or a technique you changed due to one of your guitar-playing influences.

    Note that I didn't say, "have you purchased a piece of gear or changed your technique due to one of your influences" because we all have.... I think... So, what are yours? Bought a Mesa/Boogie combo (Studio 22 - I know, now the same model he played) due to James Hetfield Bought a Les Paul ('92...
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    Fast Fret, and wiping beneath your strings.

    Like many others, I use Fast Fret to wipe my strings down after each time I play my guitar. The other day, however, I decided to take that little cloth that comes with it and slide it beneath the strings. You might be surprised if you do this. I think I removed about 2 tablespoons of rust from...
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    New song I wrote and produced in literally two days.

    Yeah, I posted my first one a few days ago. I'm at a point in my life where, although I can work with other musicians (and I'm doing so), I seem to enjoy working on stuff completely by myself, not having to rely on anybody else for anything. True, without some kind of feedback or a producer...
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    Accidentally found a way to create awesome riffs

    In my DAW - I was testing my guitar signal, just playing some random made-up riff, and recorded it. I then placed a beat track in a channel and hit play. The riff just happened to be at the same tempo as the beat track, but was aligned one beat late - it sounded pretty freaking awesome and was...
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    So why are Telecaster neck pickups still attached to the body and not the pickguard?

    Apparently: 1) tradition, and 2) unprovable claims of better sound. Basically, the two main elements that make up the guitarist hobby.:oops: https://www.seymourduncan.com/blog/latest-updates/mounting-a-telecaster-neck-pickup-to-the-body-secrets-unveiled
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    Produced this song on a phone app...

    Bandlab owns the Cakewalk DAW, and they also make an app which, while somewhat limited in function, can still create cool music and includes MIDI instruments. I produced this using a gaming headset for a monitor/mic. The only place I had to use the PC was to get my guitar recorded. The rest was...
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    Rotovibe, the effect that I never owned...

    ... but now I have it in the form of a digital simulation in my Zoom G5n. I don't know how I've gone this long without it. I can't stand modulating effects, especially chorus; however, this effect is so thick and meaty, just like my tone should sound. Obviously something I can't use for...
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    I'm developing an appreciation for Joe Bonamassa

    Yeah, I know. He's a polarizing figure for some unknown reason. Maybe it's the sunglasses. Anyway, the bass player in the band I am in is a Joe Bonamassa fan, so we are doing two of his songs. I learned them, but told the guys, "if you think I'm going to play lead guitar like Joe Bonamassa...
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    Any of you gigging with gear that "sucks"?

    "Sucks" in quotes; gear that according to the online forum "experts" is for "beginners", "not giggable", "is crap", etc., with good results?
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    Criticizing guitar players who begin singing...

    I've noticed that people who are known as great guitar players, but also do lead vocals, are criticized as, "he should just stick to guitar playing", etc., And in most cases, their singing sounds great. I've heard these criticisms of Joe Bonamassa, Joe Satriani, Yngwie Malmsteen, Paul Gilbert...
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    The more advanced CGI becomes, the faker it looks.

    Has anyone else noticed this? It seems that the more advanced it becomes, the easier it is to tell that it's fake. Now, I must add that I believe this may also be that the more it develops, the people employing it are getting more ridiculous with it. I started noticing this around Return of...
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    Vox "chime" - does it exist outside of internet forums?

    I've owned the following Vox amps: AC15C1, AC4-TVH, AC4C1-12, AC10C1, and NT-15H. Each of these amps has been described in reviews, and forums, as having the "famous Vox chime". I convinced myself of this with each one I've owned. They're good amps; nonetheless, right now I don't have any of...
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    Albums that you bought because they were supposed to be good, and they weren't

    This is subjective obviously. But there are a few I can name that popular culture has insisted were works of art, or whatever, and I bought them. Then for a while I tried to convince myself that I thought they were good (because I just spend the $$ and didn't want to think I wasted it), but...
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    "Bookmatching"

    Is it my imagination, or does this look like it was created from two completely different trees? :lol:. At first I thought perhaps the light was hitting one side differently than the other, but even if that's the case, any marketing department knows that you present your product in the best...
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    Fast Fret isn't making me play any faster, but it does make my guitar smell interesting.

    I last purchased this back in '88 and didn't really know what it was, but that was when I first started playing guitar and of course had to buy anything and everything associated with it that I could afford. Since then I had forgotten about it, but saw it pop up in a discussion forum recently...




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